Portland events August 2019. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events August 2019

Wine tasting

August 1, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
1 mile north
A $99 ticket to Wine on Wheels includes 75 wines served with appetizers and a charity auction at Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace.

Dancers in the moonlight

August 1 - 4, 2019
11.7 miles south
See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” with live music at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Concerts in Albany

August 1 & 8, 2019 (Thursdays)
70 miles south
Hear a different artist every week at River Rhythms (7 p.m.), with food vendors (starting 5:30 p.m.), and children’s crafts (5:30 to 7 p.m.) at Monteith Riverpark. No pets. Free.

Crawfish festival

August 2 - 3, 2019
13 miles south
Tualatin Crawfish Festival has food, beer, wine, and music both days. Saturday it adds races, vendors, carnival games, eating contests, and a kids’ zone.

Indie roots music festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
17 miles SE
Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Chinese Festival

August 3, 2019 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
0 miles
The inaugural Chinese Festival promises “non-stop entertainment, delicious Chinese food, fun activities, and much more” at Pioneer Courthouse Square. See the entertainment schedule. Free.

Iranian festival

August 3, 2019
0.7 miles south
Portland Iranian Festival has live music, dance, Iranian food, a fashion show, traditional arts and crafts, calligraphy, carpets, and books at PSU Park Blocks (1914 SW Park Avenue). Free.

Catholic festival

August 3, 2019
3.1 miles east
St. Stephen’s Festival includes a bake sale, food, a beer & wine garden, an art show, a craft fair, games for kids, and sacred music at St. Stephen Catholic Church.

Japanese festival

August 3, 2019 (3 to 9 p.m.)
3.5 miles SE
Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Sangria party

August 3, 2019 (3 to 8 p.m.)
4 miles SE
Enjoy a tasty drink made with wine and fruit, with live music and small plates of food for sale at the Summer Sangria Party at Hip Chicks do Wine in June, July, and August.

Fremont Fest

August 3, 2019
4.5 miles NE
Fremont Street is closed from 42nd to 50th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. parade of pets and kids on bikes, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors. Free.

Cold coffee festival

August 3, 2019
9 miles north
Sample coffee and vote for your favorite, hear live music, and shop from food vendors at Cold Brew Fest in Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Music & food festival

August 3, 2019
20 miles east
Soulful Giving Blanket Concert has live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Wine tasting with your dog

August 3, 2019 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
30 miles NE
A $50 ticket to Canines Uncorked gets you free wine tastings at 15 wineries plus “fun activities and vendors for you and your dog” in the Willamette Valley. [Four wineries will be selling tickets on the event date.]

Minerals festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
16 miles NW
Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, geode cutting, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Steam-powered festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
39 miles south
Watch a parade of vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles (daily 1:30 p.m.) at The Great Oregon Steam-Up, with live music, a quilt show, farm-equipment demonstrations, kids’ activities, and admission to historical machinery museums at Powerland Heritage Park near Salem

Green living fair

August 3 - 4, 2019
68 miles south
Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

People in the streets of Milwaukie

August 4, 2019 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
6.8 miles SE
Walk, bike, or roll on four miles of car-free streets circling Milwaukie on Carefree Sunday, with live music, kids’ activities, and vendors. Free.

Experimental art night

August 8, 2019 (8 to 10 p.m.)
2.6 miles NE
Iridescent Dreams is a one-time music, poetry, and film night at 707 NE Broadway Street. Free.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 9 - 10, 2019
9 miles north
Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, mead, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park for age 21+. Repeats in April.

Garlic festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
19 miles NW
Elephant Garlic Festival has garlic-flavored foods, arts & crafts, and live music in North Plains. No pets. Free.

Spiritual music festival

August 9 - 12, 2019
137 miles SW
Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with 63 music acts, an all-night Saturday dance, a vendor village, a yoga pavilion, and a sacred fire in Tidewater.

African festival

August 10, 2019 (12 to 8:30 p.m.)
0 miles
Celebrate Africans living in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States at the Pan African Festival, which promises live entertainment, cultural foods, a fashion show, and an arts & crafts market at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Run for beer

August 10, 2019
location varies each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment.

Glamorous party

August 10, 2019 (5 to 10 p.m.)
0.1 mile west
“Come dressed to the nines” for A Gatsby Summer Evening, which features professional dance performances and live big-band music for dancing at Director Park for age 21+. Dress code.

Brunchy booze festival

August 10, 2019 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.5 miles NE
A ticket to Bacon Eggs & Kegs includes beverage tickets (beer, cider, mimosas, bloody marys, Irish coffee, root beer), with $5 brunch bites for sale, entertainment, and lawn games at Rose Quarter Commons for age 21+.

Alberta Street Fair

August 10, 2019
4 miles NE
Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11:30 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, two beer gardens, and three stages of entertainment on on NE Alberta Street (from NE 10th to 30th Avenues). Free.

Car & motorcycle show

August 10, 2019 (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
16 miles west
Check out 400 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Salute To Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show, with bands and food vendors at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro. Free.

Fossil festival

August 10, 2019
16 miles NW
Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals. Free.

Vegan festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
1.9 miles NE
VegOut: Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival promises food vendors, speakers, local bands, DJ music, and vegan-friendly clothing, skin-care, and artwork at Holladay Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 11, 2019
Portland locations
Bridge Pedal is a 5-mile walk or a 3 to 23 mile ride with stunning views from atop Portland bridges. Register early, and bring a helmet. No dogs or skates.

India Festival

August 11, 2019
0 miles
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Some booths may open at 10 a.m. Entertainment starts at 10:45 a.m. Free entry.

Lents Street Fair

August 11, 2019
7.3 miles SE
Lents Fair has live music, food, craft vendors, a kids’ area, and even a chicken beauty pageant at 9330 SE Harold Street. Free.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 16, 2019 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
24 miles SW
The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music at a farm in Hillsboro for age 21+.

Tasting in Salem

August 16, 2019 (5 to 10 p.m.)
46 miles south
Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds for age 21+. Includes admission to the fair.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 16 - 18, 2019
27 miles NW
Banks Bar-B-Que Truck and Tractor Pull has tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, a parade (Sunday at 11 a.m.), and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Outdoors festival in the Gorge

August 16 - 18, 2019
42.9 miles east
Pacific Crest Trail Days “promotes hiking, camping, backpacking, and outdoor stewardship” with activities, games, presentations, food & drinks, and vendors of outdoor gear in Cascade Locks Marine Park. Free.

Japanese festival

August 17, 2019
2.4 miles west
O-Bon: Sapporo Cultural Festival commemorates ancestors with bon-odori dance, music, ramen, and beer at Portland Japanese Garden.

Festival of Ghana

August 17, 2019 (12 to 6 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Celebrate a bountiful harvest, twins, and fertility at the West African Homowo & Twins Festival, which features music, dancing, and vendors selling African food, crafts, and clothing at Da Vinci Middle School. Free.

Adult soapbox derby

August 17, 2019 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
5 miles east
Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. No dogs. Free.

Night market in Beaverton

August 17, 2019 (5 to 10 p.m.)
8.2 miles SW
Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with vendors of ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round. Free.

Reptile show

August 17, 2019
10 miles NE
See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at Portland Metro Reptile Expo, with educational tables and vendors at the Holiday Inn on Columbia Boulevard. Held in January and August.

Bigfoot festival

August 17, 2019
17.3 miles east
Oregon Bigfoot Festival promises Bigfoot exhibits, special presentations, guest speakers, food carts, merchandise vendors, and carnival-style games at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. No pets. Donation.

Farm festival

August 17, 2019 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
21 miles north
The Garlic & Tomato Festival has live bluegrass music, tomato and garlic tasting, fruits and vegetables for sale, craft and art vendors, and kids’ activities at Northwest Organic Farms in Ridgefield, WA. Free.

Air and vehicle show

August 17, 2019
23 miles NW
See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a half marathon, at 5K, live music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark. Donation.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 17, 2019 (4 to 9 p.m.)
27 miles west
Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove for age 21+.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 17 - 18, 2019
1.2 miles SE
Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot & spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest Sunday at 1 p.m. in OMSI bridge parking lot.

Tiny house festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
57.5 miles SW
See tiny houses & vehicle conversions, meet builders, visit vendors, hear music, buy food & beer, and attend presentations, workshops, and meet ups at TinyFest Northwest at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Distillery party

August 18, 2019
1 mile east
Distillery Row Beach Bash features “live music, games, activities, food, and summertime cocktails” from 11 local distilleries in the parking lot of Westward Whiskey. Live music begins at 2 p.m. Free admission.

Venezuelan Festival

August 18, 2019 (1 to 4 p.m.)
6 miles south
Venezuelan Festival promises “a lineup of Venezuelan artists, performers, and crafters” plus a food vendor at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion. Free.

Evenings at the zoo

August 20, 2019 (5 to 8 p.m.)
3 miles west
Admission to Oregon Zoo is only $9 after 4 p.m. on Twilight Tuesday, with live music, games, family activities, food carts, beer, and wine beginning 5 p.m. Held June 18, July 16, and Aug. 20, 2019.

Free hip-hop show

August 22, 2019 (8:30 to 10 p.m.)
4 miles NW
Hear five artists (Iamjordan, Veana Baby, The Dutchess, Rambo Rich, and TF Ivan) perform at Hip Hop Fighting Cancer at Alberta Abbey. Donation.

Beatles celebration

August 22, 2019 (8 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features The Nowhere Band playing the entire Sgt. Pepper album plus other songs of the era, with live visuals by JumpWire at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Josh Groban

August 22, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
15.5 miles east
Global superstar Josh Groban (Believe; You Raise Me Up) performs on the lawn at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale.

Ticket deal $50

Concerts in the Park

August 22 - 31, 2019
Portland parks
Bring a blanket or chairs to hear music ranging from “classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues” at Concerts in the Park. Bring coats. Alcohol is OK, but no smoking. Free.

Movies in the Park

August 22 - Sept. 1, 2019
Portland parks
Movies in the Park feature live performances by local musicians, free popcorn, and movies at dusk. Bring coats. Alcohol is OK, but no smoking. Free.

Thursday afternoon cruise

August 22 - Sept. 26, 2019 (Thurs. 3:15 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Enjoy a tribute band, river views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $19

Movies in the square

August 23, 2019
0 miles
Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-back chairs or pillows. Free.
  • Aug. 9 - Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
  • Aug. 16 - Indiana Jones & Temple of Doom (PG)
  • Aug. 23 - Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13)

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 23 - 24, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
Located 7 or 62 miles SE
Hood to Coast Relay is a 199-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland to Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay that begins in Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Small-town beer festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
24 miles SE
Sample beer, cider, and wine at the Boring Beer Fest, with live music, games, food, entertainment, and a family day (Sunday) in Boring.

Fairy festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
25 miles NW
Billed as the world’s largest faerie festival, Faerieworlds has costumed faeries, entertainment, music, a food court, and 80 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains. Optional camping.

Ticket deal $22 to $50

Farm food festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
30 miles SW
Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Sightseeing Cruise

August 23 - 31, 2019 (board 2:45 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Take a narrated Sightseeing Cruise south on the Willamette River, with a full-service bar aboard the Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $22

Comedy improv

August 23 - 31, 2019
1.2 miles NW
ComedySportz is “a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family” and incorporates audience suggestions.

Ticket deal $7.50

Oregon State Fair

August 23 - Sept. 2, 2019
49 miles south
See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Deals & discounts

Dinner in the country

August 23 - Dec. 14, 2019
multiple location
Dinners in the Field features “stunning wines of Oregon over a six-to-seven course dinner expertly prepared by Field & Vine chefs using ingredients sourced straight from the host and surrounding farms.

Brazilian festival

August 24, 2019 (12 to 6 p.m.)
6 miles SE
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at the family-friendly Brazilian Day Festival with food vendors, live music, dancing, and art at Portland Mercado. Free.

Camera show

August 24, 2019
9.6 miles NE
Rose City PhotoFair includes vendors of vintage and modern gear at Jackson Armory.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 24 - 25, 2019
19.5 miles SW
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center. Parents can race for free.

Ticket deal $36

Dahlia Festival

August 24 - Sept. 2, 2019
26 miles south
View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival on Sat., Sun., and Mon. at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Late-night dance cruise

August 24 - Oct. 26, 2019 (Saturdays 11 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Join the crowd age 21+ aboard Portland Spirit dancing to DJ music from the 1980s & 1990s on Flashback Dance Cruise, with craft cocktails, bistro food, and city views, departing from 1020 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $13

People in the street

August 25, 2019 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
0 miles
Walk, bike, or roller-skate on seven miles of car-free streets during Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop (downtown & inner eastside), with activities and music along the way. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Map. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 25, 2019
2.5 miles east
Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, kids’ activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Boulevard (from 30th to 38th). Free.

Car & boat show

August 25, 2019
8 miles south
Collector Car & Classic Boat Show includes 40 boats docked at Sundeleaf Plaza plus collector cars parked at George Rogers Park. Free.

Zoo concerts

August 25 - Sept. 21, 2019
3 miles west
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers. Your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Concerts in Newberg

August 27, 2019 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
25.7 miles SW
Family-friendly Tunes on Tuesday presents a different band each week and has food and wine vendors outside Chehalem Cultural Center. Bring chairs. Free.

Concerts on Main Street

August 28, 2019 (5 p.m.)
0.2 mile SW
Hear local musicians play a wide variety of music at Music on Main next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (on SW Main Street from Broadway to Park Ave.). Video (1 minute). Free.

Adult party at OMSI

August 28, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
Drink a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, and fossils. “Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight” at OMSI After Dark: Astronomy for age 21+. Optional cider tasting.

Homeowners’ show

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
1.5 miles NE
Meet vendors of home products and services, and see their exhibits at Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

American blues rock band

August 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Too Slim & The Taildraggers play “an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all its own” at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Ticket deal $12

Arab Festival

August 31, 2019
6 miles SE
Enjoy Middle Eastern food, music, dance, games, poetry, and art & crafts at the Arab Festival at Oaks Amusement Park. Free.

Pearl District art festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
0.5 mile north
Art in The Pearl features 130 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW Park Avenue (from Davis to Flanders). Free.

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